When it snows, we're making a "Carson Brown" snowman, whoever that is

Jason Werling
Dec 5, 2012

Walking in a Winter Wonderland was on the radio this morning and as I was singing along, (in my head, not out loud), something made me question the song I've known, or thought I knew, since I was a kid.

"In the meadow, we can build a snowman.
then pretend that he is...."

Carson Brown?

I quizzed a couple people at work, "Who is Carson Brown?" And the first person I quizzed informed me that it is "Parson" not "Carson." So the next question was "Who is Parson Brown and why should a snowman look like him?"

A parson is now known as a minister and often traveled to towns to perform wedding ceremonies for couples who didn't have a minister of their denominational faith. At one point, someone thought it wouldn't be a good idea to have kids going to their local snowman to get married so the lyrics were changed...

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say, "Are you married?" We'll say, "No man,
but you can do the job when you're in town."

became

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
and pretend that he's a circus clown.
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
until the other kiddies knock him down.

I think it would be more fun to build a circus-clown snowman, but that's just me.

Comments

Kelly

They didn't change the lyrics. The circus clown is just in another verse of the song. I don't think you know this song at all.

Dont Worry Be Happy

I do like the one about knocking the snowman down better, but I must add I had no ideal that there were to different verses, I guess I'm so busy singing I have never paid attention:-)

reporter54

I had no idea that there were two different verses. Press 1 for English.

wiredmama222

Why change the lyrics to an old song that has been around for years. Some things don't need to be messed with. Geeze louise. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

cookielady1

[From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/winte... ]
Sleigh bells ring Are you listening
In the lane Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight We're happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland
Gone away is the bluebird Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song As we go along Walking in a winter wonderland
In the meadow we can build a snowman Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say "Are you married?"We'll say "No Man"But you can do the job When you're in town
Later on We'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid The plans that we've made Walking in a winter wonderland
In the meadow we can build a snowman And pretend that he's a circus clown We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman Until the other kiddies knock him down
When it snows Ain't it thrilling Though your nose gets a chilling We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gosh, that was real tough looking up the lyrics & cutting & pasting!
Just saying. . . .

SandTownBry

Its not Carson Brown..ITS Parson Brown he was a minister at the time the song was made.

SandTownBry

Right Cookie!! lol

SandTownBry

I would love to work for this paper..Some of the stuff they put in the News..REALLY???????? is this really news or just waist of space!! Im just saying

Jason Werling

SandTownBry,

Applications are available at the front desk of the Register, 314 W. Market St. in downtown Sandusky.

Please include a couple writing samples and put them to the attention of Jason Werling. Just let me know who I should expect to see the application coming from or if it will have the name SandTownBry.

And this blog, not a news story, would be a "waste" of space, not waist. I'm just replying.

Kelly

Jason writes well. He just doesn't know Christmas music :)

Jason Werling

Thanks Kelly, I think. :) I also don't know Christmas food either, I'll save that one for Sunday's column.

Kelly

LOL I was just teasing. I don't know Christmas food, either. What the heck is figgy pudding?

Jason Werling

I've never had figgy pudding, but it looks like it could be pretty good. And it is more like a cake than a pudding... http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-...

Ellis dee

Sandtown bry got burned by werling

Dont Worry Be Happy

Jason keep up the good work I always enjoy your articles. Some people are never happy.

starryeyes83

Right, A parson has always been another term for a preacher.

However, I do love it when lyrics get messed up either , by accident or on purpose... It makes it more fun that way.

Sorta like all the naughty versions of Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer and other holiday classics. MY family have had their own versions for years, some aren't even naughty they're just downright silly.

starryeyes83

On a lighter note,, who in the world gave the snowman his scarf. Yuck, it's drab it should be a little more colorful.